The grapes for this Pinot Noir come from the Ingle Vineyard on the west side of Canandaigua Lake. Heron Hill owner John Ingle planted the 3 hectares of Pinot Noir in 1987 on gravelly loam and limestone soil. The grapes for their Pinot Noir are hand picked and then de-stemmed, but not crushed to maximize fruit and minimize any bitter flavors from seed tannins.
The 2008 Ingle Vineyard Pinot Noir has a light ruby color with the thin outer rim showing a garnet hue. It has a developing nose with a medium intensity of cherry fruit, black pepper and herbs. It is dry on the palate, has medium acidity and a medium amount of ripe and soft tannins. Medium alcohol. The light color is a bit deceptive as the flavors of cherry, blood orange and herbs are well-structured and quite vivid. The length is medium and has a floral and spicy finish.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel and then spent 18 months in European oak barrels, both new and old.
The 2008 Ingle Vineyard is a well structured Pinot Noir from the Finger Lakes with a fresh fruit and earthy herbal character. The oak is well-integrated and the wine overall is leaning more towards Old World then New World. If you know what I mean.